IBM MQ performance with the rapid deployment of an appliance

Why an appliance?

IBM® MQ Appliance provides the application connectivity performance of IBM MQ software in a physical messaging appliance. It offers rapid deployment of enterprise messaging with easier administration. Performance and message throughput are optimized for the appliance's capability and configuration.

IBM MQ Appliance delivers exceptional performance and capacity with the inclusion of large capacity (3.2TB) solid-state drives (SSD). You can also take advantage of simultaneous synchronous high availability (HA) and asynchronous disaster recovery (DR) capabilities with additional 10GB Ethernet ports.

IBM MQ Appliance is available in two options:

IBM MQ Appliance:

Simplifies configuration, management and monitoring with the IBM MQ Console

Increases flexibility

Improves message security

Keeps data safe

Lowers cost of ownership

Messaging middleware to integrate applications and data across multiple platforms.

IBM Message Hub
A fully managed, cloud-based messaging service built on Apache Kafka available through IBM Bluemix®.

IBM MQ Advanced
A robust, reliable universal messaging solution for optimizing connectivity.

IBM MQ Appliance M2001 model options include:

Licensing/partitioning for one physical appliance model and two prices:

IBM MQ Appliance M2001A

  • Solution for typical enterprise deployment use case.
  • Can host multiple Queue Managers to act as a messaging hub. Includes MQ AMS.
  • Access to all CPU cores in the appliance.
  • May offer simpler deployment model than multiple separate MQ Servers.
  • Deployed as a connected pair for HA configurations.
  • Connect to one or more additional off-site appliances for DR configurations.

IBM MQ Appliance M2001B

  • Solution for typical branch office or factory deployment.
  • Same software function and hardware as the IBM MQ Appliance M2001A appliance, but processor usage limited.
  • Access to a subset of the CPU cores in the appliance.
  • Deployed as a connected pair for HA configurations.
  • Connect to one or more additional off-site appliances for DR configurations.

Simplify complex messaging estate as a messaging hub—provide one or more dedicated messaging servers to which applications connect.

Challenge: You need to reduce overall costs and the number and diversity of servers that are running IBM MQ, while standardizing for efficiency and ease of future migration. You want to move the queue managers into a hub to which applications can client connect, continuing to support enterprise service level agreements (SLA) for availability.

Solution: The IBM MQ appliance is easy to deploy, has familiar MQ administration interfaces and supports existing IBM MQ definitions and security. The firmware has fewer Points of Variability (POV) and supports rapid migrations. Downtime is reduced by separating applications. Adding appliances for high availability avoids external dependencies, e.g. on the storage team.


Messaging outpost by provisioning connectivity to a remote location.

Challenge: You need resilient connectivity to a remote part of your organization, e.g. a branch, factory or warehouse. You want to extend IBM MQ messaging beyond your data center to a remote location with limited infrastructure and local MQ skills. You also require support failover in the event of a hardware or power outage.

Solution: Order one or a pair of IBM MQ appliances to be delivered on-site, or pre-configure appliances and dispatch them to the remote site. Following simple physical deployment, remotely configure and manage the appliances' high availability without external dependencies.


Messaging gateway for isolation of partner connection by providing a dedicated server that handles all traffic from a remote messaging system.

Challenge: You need to extend connectivity to an external business partner and want to tightly control what the partner can connect to and the resources affected by partner traffic

Solution: Deploy an IBM MQ gateway to which the partner channel will connect. The MQ appliance is easy to deploy and manage with familiar MQ administration interfaces. A pair of appliances can provide high availability without introducing external dependencies.


Messaging partner to provide remote partner connectivity—a messaging server located in a business partner that needs resilient and safe connectivity to your IBM MQ infrastructure.

Challenge: Your organization wants to on-board a business partner as quickly as possible. The business partner needs to connect to your organization using IBM MQ; but the partner does not have IBM MQ skills.

Solution: You want to be confident that the IBM MQ configuration (which is outside your domain) is correct and meets your organization's standards. The MQ appliance is easy to physically deploy and you can pre-configure it so all the partner need do is plug in and go.

A pair of appliances could provide high availability at the partner location without requiring external dependencies that the partner might struggle to provide.

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